Ever since her days as Catherine Marshall’s plucky heroine, Christy Huddlston (in CBS’ short-lived Christy), I’ve liked Kellie Martin. She’s since gone on to star in a hit medical drama and other TV projects, but her latest “home” seems to be Hallmark.
Hello, It’s Me (2015) Hallmark Review
Two years ago Annie (Martin) lost the love of her life. Andre died in a boating accident leaving Annie to grieve in the wake of the tragedy. She gives up on her dream of opening a bakery and instead throws herself into raising her two kids Ella and Milo (Erin Pitt, Jack Fulton). After a chance encounter with a stranger, Annie finds herself pulled into the life of James (Kavan Smith), a wealthy businessman who, up until now, lives out of a suitcase. James is intrigued by Annie and her children, he finds himself wanting have roots for possibly the first time in his life. Only he first has to convince Annie there is a future…
Like every one of the films that emerge from this network, Hello, It’s Me is one of a kind. It’s a raw snapshot of daily family life, but also gives us a romance to root for. (Albeit one with an uphill battle.) This kind of cinematic appeal isn’t captured in the average film you’d pull off of the rental shelf. Instead, those of you sitting down to watch this will experience something that’s heartwarming without wading through murky content. This story has reflections of The Color of Rain (also a Hallmark production), but I think I enjoy this one more so. Why I cannot put my finger on, but I know there is something about this film that somehow “works” better.
Kellie Martin does a nice job in this role. It’s interesting to see her shift playing a widow and single mother in comparison to normal roles. (Oh, and of course, Kavan is a When Calls the Heart alum.) Annie and James’ love story is really cute and I like her progression from healing to the possibility of new love. Much of the script tackles the usual (Ella’s attitude, Annie and James highs and lows), and yet I don’t mind one iota. There’s something comforting in the familiar. I thought this film is particularly high on that warm and fuzzy feeling good, wholesome entertainment brings.
There is only one quibble I’m a bit “iffy” on and that’s the subtle “supernatural” touch. This is one cue I don’t feel is necessary to make the movie work. But it’s very small and is done with class. If you’ve like any of Hallmark’s programs, Hello, It’s You is perfect for you. It’s the ideal “cozy movie” to settle in and watch after a long day. I know I loved it, and will certainly hope to see it again.Hello, It's Me (2015) – Hallmark's Supernatural Romance. A Hallmark Movies and Mysteries original starring Kellie Martin & Kavan Smith (When Calls the Heart). #Hearties #Hallmark #Hallmarkies Click To Tweet
Content: There’s nothing too troubling in this one unless you don’t like the supernatural elements that involves a deceased man contacting his wife.